The Discord Store global beta launches today

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Oct 16, 2018 · 4 min read


Starting today, all Discord users will have access to our store beta and our new Nitro subscription options.

!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Check out the store here!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

In this blog, we’re gonna recap everything that we’ve announced about our store beta so far. This includes:

  • Our curated store which makes it easier to find good games.
  • First on Discord games which makes it easier to find good games because these games are good.
  • The evolved Nitro. Because now, it has games!
  • The Universal Library so you don’t have to deal with multiple game launchers.

We’ve slaved over hot stoves. We’ve travelled the world. We’ve explored sunken ships, and we’ve returned with something we think you’ll love.

We want to make it easier for you to find games to play with your friends. Our curated selection, editorialized content, and surfacing of social information should help you figure out which games are right for you. No need to browse endless lists of anime titles — we make it easy to find something great to play.

For more information about the store, check it out on the store tab (shown below) or read our support article here.

Directory page
Game page with some social features

Again, we literally travelled the world to find great games and bring them to you (Sweden is sick)! These games will launch First on Discord (lovingly referred at Discord HQ as FOD), which means they’re exclusive on PC to Discord for usually 90 days. FOD games may also launch on console during this time.

Wanna dig deep? Check this blog out for full trailers and game descriptions.

Discord Nitro now includes a growing library of critically acclaimed games that we think you and your friends should play. Subscribing to Nitro now costs $9.99 a month.

As of today, there’s over 60 curated games for you to download and play at a total value of over $1000. We are going to add games at a regular cadence to keep the Nitro library fresh and growing.

Games may sometimes leave the Nitro selection (due to our contracts with the developers/publishers expiring without renewal). With our cloud saves, your save data will remain even if games rotate out of our library.

We also want an option for those looking to support us but don’t want games. Enter, Nitro Classic. At $4.99/mo, get access to a slew of chat perks like animated avatars, ability to choose your tag (the #0000 next to your username), higher quality screen share, custom emoji anywhere, animated emoji, larger file upload limit (50mb from 8mb), and a badge to show how long you’ve been supporting us. The classic Nitro load-out.

Lastly, thank you again to everyone who supported us by subscribing to Nitro in the past. We gave these early supporters access to the game library at no extra cost for a limited period of time. They also received an exclusive profile badge to display their support. Read our recent Nitro blog for details.

For more information about Nitro and Nitro Classic, check out our support article here.

We’re gamers. We know how it can be frustrating to have many clients for all the games you own. So, we wanted to not only make game discovery and purchasing better, but we wanted to make owning and managing your library easier as well.

Enter our Universal Library. If you want, Discord can scan your computer for games. Then, you’ll be able to launch any of your games through Discord even if they require another launcher (Discord will boot the other launcher and game). This way, you don’t have to worry about which game boots from where!

This global beta launch is a major moment, but it’s the first of many towards making the best experience possible for all of you.

We look forward to taking this journey with you. Thank you so much for your support. The world is our oyster, and we look forward to slurping it down with you.

Ooh Steamy.

The Steam-like Discord Store launches its global beta today, so everyone can try it out.

Discord’s store cupboards are nowhere near as full as Steam’s — there are only around 20 games to straight-out buy — but there are some nifty initiatives which make Discord stand out. These are First on Discord, Discord Nitro and Universal Library features.

First on Discord is what it sounds like: games with timed exclusivity to Discord. The handful of signed games aren’t juggernauts but do include Bad North, which Christian Donlan Recommended in his review.

  • Sinner: Sacrifice for Redemption (Another Indie)
  • Minion Masters (BetaDwarf)
  • Bad North (Raw Fury)
  • At Sundown (Versus Evil/Mild Beast)
  • King of the Hat (Hyroglyphik Games)
  • Last Year: The Nightmare (Elastic Games)
The Nitro section of Discord.

Discord Nitro, meanwhile, is like Netflix, or the Xbox Game Pass: a subscription service which gives you access to a catalogue of games for a monthly fee. Discord recently announced it was bumping the price of Nitro from $5 to $10 a month, to reflect the growing number of games available with it. There are only 50 games there but some good ones nonetheless.

  • This War of Mine
  • Last Day of June
  • Ticket to Ride
  • RollerCoaster Tycoon 2
  • 140
  • Shadow Tactics: Blades of the Shogun
  • Pony Island
  • Lost Horizon
  • Metro: Last Light redux
  • Unleash
  • Guacamelee! Super Turbo Championship Edition
  • Brutal Legend
  • Psychonauts
  • The End is Night
  • Seasons After Fall
  • SOMA
  • Trine 2
  • Trine 3
  • Trine Enhanced Edition
  • Slime-San
  • The inner World
  • Bridge Constructor
  • Bridge Constructor Medieval
  • Dead Age
  • Risk of Rain
  • Wasteland 2
  • The Metronomicon: Slay the Dance floor
  • TowerFall Ascension
  • Nidhogg
  • System Shock: Enhanced Edition
  • System Shock 2
  • Oddworld: New ‘n’ Tasty
  • Out of the Park Baseball 18
  • Hob
  • Torchlight
  • Torchlight 2
  • Inside
  • Limbo
  • Monaco: What’s Yours Is Mine
  • Tooth and Tail
  • Dandara
  • Gonner
  • Kathy Rain
  • Kingdom: Classic
  • Kingdom: New Lands
  • Tormentor X Punisher
  • Chaos Reborn
  • Ashes of the Singularity: Escalation
  • Galactic Civilizations 3
  • FTL
  • Super Meat Boy
  • Super Hexagon
  • VVVVVV
  • de Blob 2
  • de BlobSpellForce 2
  • Darksiders 2 Deathfinitive Edition
  • Darksiders Warmastered Edition
  • Red Faction 1
  • Dungeon Defenders

Subscription-based game-streaming services are on the rise. It’s in streaming we may see the next big battleground in gaming, with Microsoft and Google already investing heavily in it. Forget OnLive and Gaikai, this could be the real thing.

Anyway! Discord’s Universal Library is a feature which launches any game on your computer — handy, given increasing amount of launchers (Epic, Battle.net, Steam, GOG, etc.) out there now.

There are nearly 20 newer games to buy on Discord at the moment — the delicious Dead Cells among them.

Could we, in Discord, be about to see the rise of the next major gaming platform? There’s certainly already a large community there.

Nelly
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Aug 9, 2018 · 6 min read


Three years ago, we set out to bring people together around games. Now, we’re going to bring the games to you.

Today, we’re slowly rolling out a beta test to about 50,000 of our Canadian players and will be expanding to more over time. These players will see an upgraded version of Discord Nitro that has access to a curated selection of games along with the current subscription perks. They’ll also see a new Discord Store tab in the home screen with individual games for purchase.

Edit 10.10.2018 7:22 PM PDT:

Check out this new blog
for full details on the evolved Discord Nitro and Nitro Classic.

For many people like us, you grew up during a time when there were a relatively small amount of games being released. We remember devouring Nintendo Power, PC Gamer, and other various gaming mags to get a sense of the titles coming out. We were always longing for the next best title. Always anxious to get our hands on something fresh.

Today, the problem has flipped on its head. There’s an abundance of fantastic games. Fantastic games that we missed. Games that we even purchased but never got around to playing.

We want to give you an easy opportunity to play the golden games you’ve missed and we want to offer an awesome selection. So, we’ve curated some of these golden games and will be adding them to Discord Nitro.

Edit 8.9.2018 1:09 PM PDT:

To be clear, if you’re in the beta and you subscribe to Nitro, you’ll get access to all Nitro games (which is a different selection of games than what’s available in the Store). It’s kinda like Netflix for games.

We’re excited to offer you the opportunity to catch up with amazing game experiences you might’ve missed and even mix up what you play with your friends from time to time.

The Nitro settings screen with games

Of course, we’re keeping all the current Nitro features as part of the perks — animated avatar, ability to choose your tag (the #0000 next to your username), higher quality screen share, custom emoji anywhere, animated emoji, larger file upload limit (50mb from 8mb), and a badge to show how long you’ve been supporting us.

You ever been in one of those smaller boutique book shops with recommendations from employees written on little note cards? We love that hands-on personal approach to sharing great content with others. We think this kind of cozy neighborhood book shop vibe would be great for games. It reduces clutter and makes it easier to find what you want.

Alongside the upgraded Nitro, we’ll be launching a curated game store experience similar to one of those cozy neighborhood book shops
with recommendations about the hottest and newest games from us to you.

The Discord Store Directory

We’ll be showcasing a variety of titles that we think you’ll like. As the store grows, we’ll rely on our community and our team to make the store feel super personal and focused on games that we genuinely think you’ll enjoy! Here’s an example of a Discord employee’s recommendation of Dead Cells:

Kevin’s testimonial. Kevin is Cool!

For our store, we’re excited to announce we’ll be supporting “First on Discord” titles — indie games that we’ve helped bring to life. Supporting indie games pushes the boundary of creative game design and is important to innovation and the long term health of the industry. Of course, we think the games are really cool too!

To be very clear, First on Discord games are temporarily exclusive. They’re literally first on Discord — usually 90 days and then the developers can sell anywhere else they want. This beta won’t have any First on Discord titles, but we’ll be showing off some soon!

One more surprise for today! We know it’s frustrating to have a bunch of game launchers, so we’ll be adding a Universal Library tab to the Discord home screen as well.

If you want, Discord can scan your computer for games. Then, you’ll be able to launch any of your games through Discord even if they require another launcher (Discord will boot the other launcher and game). This way, you don’t have to worry about which game boots from where!

Kevin’s library. Kevin is Cool!

Some of you may be wondering… what about chat?

Discord’s voice, text, and video chat will continue to be a primary focus for us, with features like overlay text chat and priority speaker which we just launched.

We will stay highly focused on maintaining a quality user experience and app performance. We’ve always taken this approach (such as making sure GIFs only play while Discord is focused) and will continue to do this so that chatting in Discord remains awesome. For example, we’re designing the store so that it’s not in your face while you’re hanging out with your friends in a server.

With regards to performance, Discord will remain lean and fast. To learn how Discord will remain performant with the store additions, check out our engineering blog on how we keep Discord speedy with code splitting and dynamic loading.

Six years ago, the team behind Discord initially developed an iPad MOBA titled Fates Forever.

While developing Fates we thought “huh, it’s pretty annoying to get everyone into the same voice chat together.” Then, Stan went home and sautéed what was basically the first version of Discord and served it up the next day (which is ridiculous because Stan has never turned on a stove).

Rare photo of Stan using a stove. Some say this is fake.

After testing Discord out with our friends and family, we realized we were on to something. So, with one company pivot, three years, and a hell of a lot of support from all of you, Discord is where it is today. There are now over 150 million people who’ve used Discord. That’s insane. I can barely count to ten.

Discord Circa 2015. There was no dark theme — only pain.

Through Discord’s lifetime, we’ve always been thinking about fun, additive, and cool ways we could build a business that’s exciting and respects our players. We think the new Nitro and store are a great way to do this.

Ultimately, we want to make it easier for you to play games and spend time with your friends. This Nitro boost, store experience, and library will make it easier to find, share, and jump into games with friends all in the same place you already hang out.

Achieving all of this will take time, so we hope that you enjoy our limited but tasty selection for now. This is all in beta, so things may change by the time we’re ready to launch.
What you see today will likely not be what you see in the future.
As always, if you have feedback on things please hit us up on Twitter or comment below.

Lastly, we really, truly, appreciate all of you. This wouldn’t be possible without your continued support, so again, thank you.

P.S. If you’re a game dev and interested in working with us, fill out this form (EDIT: WE’RE SWAMPED. FORM IS CLOSED RIGHT NOW) and sign up for our developer newsletter here.

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